ENG 5933: Introduction to Digital Humanities
Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

Weekly Schedule of Readings and Exercises


Class Details

Meeting: Tuesday/Thursday Room: Williams 317
Time: 14.00-15.15
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Instructor: David L. Gants Office: Williams 316
Telephone: 617-379-0987 (Skype) E-mail: dgants(at)fsu.edu
Office Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays 09.00-10.30 or by arrangement

Course Overview

Course Description. This course aims to give students a thorough grounding in the emerging discipline of Digital Humanities. Employing a pedagogical stance that stresses the fundamental relationship between technology and methodology, it will explore how the various discrete elements of digital humanist studies both expand and constrain ways of understanding language, literature, and cultural objects in digital form. In the Technology section of the course, we will examine: how computers work, including machines, operating systems, and file structures; how the Internet works: including networking and servers; basic building blocks such as text mark-up, databases, computer languages, and multi-media objects; and ancillary tools such as social networking, file sharing, collaborative authoring, virtual reality, micro-publishing, and Internet broadcasting. The Methodology section of the course will cover: text analysis and visualization, hypertext, stylistics, narrative analysis, electronic editing and publishing, linguistics, and digital media such as audio, film, virtual reality, and gaming.

This course satisfies three credit hours of the academic requirement for the Certificate in Publishing and Editing. If a student has already met the academic requirement, this course can count for additional credits within the 12-hour Certificate umbrella.

Course Requirements.

Primary Texts.We will use two books for this course:

Additional readings will be in the Blackboard Course Library or available on the Web.

Course Policies.